Published Dec 05, 2019Animal Collective's Avey Tare is back with a twelve-inch EP, Conference for Birds / Birds in Disguise. The EP features songs played during his tour for 2017's Eucalyptus and this year's Cows on Hourglass Pond.
In contrast to Cows, the EP plays deep into Tare's experimental and psychedelic background. Side A, Conference for Birds, starts with the expansive "Midnight Special," where keys twinkle across the spacious track as Tare slowly reflects on his desires and their impact on him. "Red Light Water Show" opens with a simple melodic synth that emulates water droplets that builds to highlight Tare's modified vocals. Side A ends with "Disc One," a bouncy, guitar-led track.
Side B, Birds in Disguise, is one song shorter, yet roughly a minute longer. It starts with the nine-and-a-half minute "Enjoy the Change," in which a mosquito-like buzzing eventually leads to Tare's highly distorted vocals. A drum machine keeps the song moving along, before the somewhat incomprehensible vocals let out for an airy outro. The EP ends with "Uncle Donut," a nonsensical chaos trip that will keep your mind reeling with its halted vocals. Follow the siren loops that provide a slight sense of order on the track and you will make it to the other side. (Domino)